Hard work continues in Heather Elvis case

  • Wednesday, March 5, 2014

After a flurry of activity two weeks ago that saw two people arrested and charged with the murder of Heather Elvis, public police activity has slowed. But the hard work of building a court case against Tammy Lorinda Moorer and her husband, Sidney St. Clair Moorer goes on.

Meanwhile, the family of the missing 20-year-old continues to post messages on the Findheatherelvis Facebook page and community members return to a tent in front of the River City Café near the Socastee swing bridge to enlist the support of friends and strangers to “bring Heather home.”

Officials with the Horry County Police Department returned to Peachtree Landing, where Elvis’ car was found Dec. 19, last week to conduct a forensic re-enactment.

Horry Police spokesman Lt. Robert Decker said divers were present to perform “grid searches and evidence recovery as appropriate.” He did not elaborate on what, if anything, was found.

The search was conducted to determine “possible tidal flows and patterns that may assist in the recovery of evidence.”

In addition to the murder charge, each of the Moorers has been charged with two counts of indecent exposure and one count each of impeding justice and kidnapping. Lorinda Moorer posted bond — $20,000 — for the indecent exposure and impeding charges but remains jailed in Georgetown County on the two more serious charges. Her husband remains incarcerated in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Murder charges require a circuit court judge for the bail hearing. Those hearings for the Moorers are set for the week of March 17.

At the tent, lights illuminate posters of the missing woman and strangers and friends continue to pull into the parking lot, dropping off donations, picking up posters, buying t-shirts or bracelets made by volunteers. Sometimes people stop just to hug the men and women who have become the faces of the search for Heather.

“We will be here until Heather is home,” said Bill Richardson, one of the volunteers.

More than 53,000 people have “liked” the Facebook page, and people from near and far post messages of encouragement. Perhaps none are so poignant as the posts from Terry Elvis, Heather’s father.

On Monday, for instance, Terry Elvis’ post read: “As I start this post, it has been 109148.80 minutes since I last heard from my daughter Heather, that translates to 75 days or a little over 10 weeks. We are rapidly coming up on 3 months and the pain is no less than the first few hours when this all began. Yes, people have been charged and incarcerated but that does not lessen the pain nor does it bring any joy or relief, how can there be relief in the pain and suffering of others, how can there be joy when we still are missing a huge part of our family, our lives and our soul?...”

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